Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
An outdoor sculpture for South Dade created by Jessy Nite and O, Miami Poetry Festival
95 backers pledged $10,316 to help bring this project to life.

About

Stay Gold project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
  • Off
    • English

$10,316

95



STAY GOLD is the first-ever permanent sculpture created by the O, Miami Poetry Festival, and the largest and most ambitious project Miami-based artist Jessy Nite has ever undertaken.

At 12 feet high and 40 feet wide, the sculpture will be situated in the middle of Robert Is Here's grow field in Homestead. Facing east and highly visible from the intersection of 344th Street and 192nd Avenue, STAY GOLD is destined to become a new Miami public art landmark in a very unexpected place, as well as beacon of activity for the South Dade community.

When the sun sets into the Everglades behind the sculpture, its light will shine through the letters themselves, as it's the negative space that is made up of metal.

Sunlight is a major theme in Jessy's work, and the text, "STAY GOLD," plays into that on-going consideration, as well as addressing the play of light the sculpture will enact. It's also partially inspired by The Outsiders and by Robert Frost's poem, "Nothing Gold Can Stay." Frost lived in Miami for the last twenty winters of his life, in a cottage he called, "Pencil Pines."  

We hope the sculpture serves as a monument to Miami's literary history, as well as a call to action to protect the fragile South Florida ecosystem.

STAY GOLD was a winner of the 2018 Public Space Challenge from the Miami Foundation. We received $16,000, which we've already used to put a deposit down on the sculpture's fabrication. (Our fabrication partner is the incredible team at ALT BLD.)

Robert Is Here has generously given us a free lease of the land on which to erect the sculpture, and they've invited us to activate the land around the sculpture using community partners.

O, Miami will produce free community programs ranging from poetry workshops, yoga classes, bike rides, and meditations, and these activations will mostly target South Dade residents, including the families of incarcerated people at nearby Dade Correctional Institute.

The money we received from the Public Space Challenge took us about halfway there. We've managed to cobble together money from a couple of grants to get us an extra $10,000, so we're only $10,000 away from realizing this dream project.

We need your support to help us get there!

WHY SOUTH DADE?

If you've been to Miami in the last five years, you've probably been to Wynwood, where public art is abundant. But most of Miami isn't Wynwood.

Most of Miami does not have great public art.

Robert Is Here is a family-owned farm stand in Homestead that has been a Miami institution since 1959, when 7-year old Robert Moehling started selling fruit by the side of the road.

And Robert is still there, selling delicious fruit, smoothies, honey, and other Florida delicacies to locals and tourists alike.

Using the sculpture and the natural beauty of the field as a locus for activity, our goal is to make the sculpture a reason for tourists and locals alike to visit South Dade and get to know the many amazing people, businesses, and cultural opportunities it possesses.

WHO IS JESSY NITE?

Jessy Nite is a contemporary artist based in Miami, FL. Jessy’s work is best characterized by site-specific, interactive works that place conceptual art into public places. Her signature use of color and custom-made typography intersect a variety of disciplines, carrying a playful but deeply rooted narrative.

You can see Jessy's work inside Facebook's headquarters and all over buildings in Miami, including the Nike flagship store on Lincoln Road and the Soho Beach House, and on the boardwalk in Ashbury Park, NJ. She has exhibited internationally, most notably in London, Zurich, Vienna, and Bangkok.

Here are some of Jessy's previous public art works:

"MADE IN THE SHADE," Miami, FL
"MADE IN THE SHADE," Miami, FL
"LIKE PARADISE," Ashbury Park, NJ
"LIKE PARADISE," Ashbury Park, NJ
"PRISM," Facebook's main campus
"PRISM," Facebook's main campus
"REMEMBER ME" Miami, FL
"REMEMBER ME" Miami, FL
"THE SUN IS HIGH AND SO AM I," Miami Beach, FL
"THE SUN IS HIGH AND SO AM I," Miami Beach, FL

WHO IS O, MIAMI?

The goal of the annual O, Miami Poetry Festival is for every single person in Greater Miami to encounter a poem during the month of April. Since 2011, we've produced or co-produced over 700 events and projects designed to collapse the distance between people and poetry, and those projects have been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today,  NPR's All Things Considered, The New Yorker, and ESPN. We've painted poems on rooftops, put them in supermarket checkout lanes, rolled them into beach sand, golf-leafed them into urinals, sewn them into clothing, played them in sea shells, and hidden them in Google's autocorrect. But STAY GOLD is our first-ever permanent outdoor public art work, and we couldn't be more excited about it. 

Here are some pictures of previous O, Miami projects:

"Poems to the Sky" - O, Miami + Randy Burman, 2016
"Poems to the Sky" - O, Miami + Randy Burman, 2016
Poems on Miami-Dade Metrocards, 2017
Poems on Miami-Dade Metrocards, 2017
"Wheels & Words," twelve student poems on a Miami-Dade County bus, 2017
"Wheels & Words," twelve student poems on a Miami-Dade County bus, 2017
"Poems at the Pump," Tom Thumb Gas Stations, 2018
"Poems at the Pump," Tom Thumb Gas Stations, 2018
"NITE LIFE," text on windscreen project, O, Miami + Martine Syms
"NITE LIFE," text on windscreen project, O, Miami + Martine Syms
Steve "ESPO" Powers mural commissioned by O, Miami, The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach
Steve "ESPO" Powers mural commissioned by O, Miami, The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach

Finally, here's a sneak peek at an early image from the zine ($100 reward tier) that Jessy is making to commemorate the project and partnership with Robert Is Here.

Risks and challenges

Um, we're poets?

We've done many, many public art projects, so we know how things JUST REFUSE TO GO ACCORDING TO PLAN!

And this is the biggest public art project we've ever attempted, so we feel like we're right to be nervous about it.

What makes us feel better is that we have amazing collaborators. Jessy is an extremely talented and experienced artist. Our fabrication partner, ALT BLD, has done way more complicated installations than this one, and the family at Robert Is Here has been a great partner at every step along the way.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Pics or it didn't happen

    We'll send you a beautiful digital image of the completed sculpture

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    14 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Postcards from the Edge...of Dade

    An original 4x6 "STAY GOLD" postcard created by Jessy Nite

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    36 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    STAY GOLD: The Zine

    An original zine created just for this project by Jessy Nite and O, Miami.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 18 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    If You Like It, Put Your Name On It

    YOUR name on the concrete base of the sculpture! We're putting a beautiful commemorative plaque on STAY GOLD in order to thank some extra special people, and we'd love for you to be one of them.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    Stay Gold Mini-Sculpture

    An original, limited edition multiple created by project artist Jessy Nite. It's a mini-version of the final project! A beautiful "STAY GOLD" for your desk, or wherever you need daily inspiration. Each one is approximately 12 x 5 inches and made of concrete and metal. Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist.

    You'll also get your name on the commemorative plaque on the sculpture itself.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (19 days)